Manitoba storytellers pitch projects to industry panel after coaching from international trainer Jan Miller

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Liz Hover

Director of Operations

Eight Manitoba content creators recently pitched their project ideas to a panel of industry experts as part of the Manitoba Content Creators Development Accelerator – a new online initiative from the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) in partnership with Film Training Manitoba (FTM).

The online workshop series was designed to help creators develop story ideas while in isolation due to COVID-19. The panel was the culmination of coaching sessions with international trainer and film/TV consultant Jan Miller. Jan worked with the participants to prepare them and their projects for their big moment in front of the experts, with the ultimate goal of helping bring the projects to the screen.

“This program is a terrific boost to new voices,” said Jan. “Participants perfected their storytelling skills and pitched to industry experts in a safe and supportive environment: the best combination for learning.”

The industry pitch panel included:

“We got to experience some great pitches,” said Avi Federgreen. “Participants definitely all benefited from Jan’s work. And it was great to have such strong representation from the emerging film community in Manitoba. The accelerator is an important program that fosters and helps emerging talent in Canada and it needs to continue.”

The selected participants were:

“The experience of workshopping my project with Jan was so rewarding,” said participant Joshua Hood. “The feedback and advice she gave helped bring my project to the next level – far beyond what I was expecting from the accelerator. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to pitch to some of Canada’s top content producers, and I’m hoping some long-term relationships are formed as a result!”

Training took place online between May 10 and May 27, 2020 and included mentoring / feedback sessions and a final pitch forum. Participants were assigned work to prepare for the initial workshop, with work in between to perfect their pitch.

The Manitoba Content Creators Development Accelerator was made possible by Program Partner Film Training Manitoba (FTM). FTM is a member of the sector council program funded by the Province of Manitoba’s Economic Development and Training. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.

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Propelled by a visionary network of donors, private and public organizations, board members and staff, the National Screen Institute supports creators from across Canada to tell unforgettable stories. Through industry-informed training and mentoring in film, television and digital media, students and alumni find their voice and place on the global stage, inspiring us to shape a better world.

We are committed to training participants from a diverse community of voices including Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning and two-spirit (LGBTQ2S+), people with disabilities, those outside large urban centres, those from regional and remote areas and various religious groups.

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